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Undergraduate Programs:

Architecture:

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The New School of Architecture provides students an opportunity to grow knowledgeable in the theoretical, technical, social, cultural, and practical aspects of the profession, and thus be able to enter and excel in the field. Towards such end, our well-balanced curriculum is both structured and open. It includes core professional courses, liberal arts, sciences, and mathematics, focusing on representational, verbal and written skills. The student's understanding of Architecture, upon completion of the minimum graduation requirements, combines a broad social, cultural and technical foundation.

Architecture requires the command of architectural design, theory, history, technology, structures, representation, and programmatic and pragmatic aspects related to practice. Our program prepares students to face situations of considerable complexity, comprehensiveness and social responsibility, at the same time allowing for personal interests to mature in individually chosen fields. Graduates of the program are thus expected to generate an effective, forceful and spirited architecture.

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Chemical Engineering:

The chemical engineering department offers basic knowledge in chemical engineering subjects that will allow the students to understand and apply the principles of mathematical, physical, and life sciences in combination with the principles of engineering, economics, and social sciences to design and develop ways for the optimum use of the natural resources following the principles of sustainable development to preserve nature for future generations.

Basic studies in physics and mathematics, and a major emphasis in chemistry, are combined with fundamental courses in chemical engineering and other engineering related areas to develop students' capabilities to analyze and solve a multiplicity of modern day problems, all together with the synthesis and invention of new methods for the use of materials in production processes. Courses are offered in the fields of mass and energy balances, thermodynamics, momentum, heat and mass transfer, together with kinetics and catalysis, process design, process dynamics and control, and applied numerical analysis in chemical engineering. In addition, the program offers elective courses in environmental engineering, biochemical technology, polymers technology, and pharmaceutical operations to address job market opportunities.

Program Mission:

To provide quality education to students from different backgrounds in the principles and applications of chemical engineering, so they can successfully deal with situations involving technological and societal issues. The program emphasizes development of the ability and competency of our students to become significant contributors to community development and to take leadership roles in industry, academia, and government.

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Civil Engineering: Program Overview

Civil engineers are responsible for providing the world's infrastructure facilities, which are basic to the existence of modern society. These facilities can be large and complex, thus requiring the civil engineers to be broadly trained and able to deal with the latest technologies. The goal of the Civil Engineering Program at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico is to develop in the students a professional knowledge of the technology needed to enter into these highly competitive fields, and to prepare the graduates to pursue a productive civil engineering career that is characterized by continued professional growth. The student develops the ability to apply pertinent knowledge to the practice of engineering design in the major discipline areas of civil engineering: Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Water Resources, Environmental Engineering, Highway and Transportation Engineering, and Construction Management. This engineering design experience is built upon the fundamental concepts of mathematics, basic sciences, engineering sciences, and the humanistic and social sciences. This will provide civil engineers a healthy self image, a well rounded knowledge of their role in society, the ability to communicate and to develop their creativity to apply engineering design with originality.

Program Mission:

The mission of the Civil Engineering Program is to prepare and motivate students from diverse backgrounds to achieve excellence through intellectual, humanistic, scientific and technological advancement on their way to becoming practicing professional civil engineers with a sense of social responsibility.

Computer Engineering: Program Overview

Computer Engineering is a rapidly changing field that covers a wide range of topics concerned with the design, implementation and programming of computers and digital systems. Computer engineers develop integrated hardware and software systems and apply these to the creative solution of problems in government and business. These solutions are key enablers to our economic development, and social welfare. A sample of the range of solutions created by Computer Engineers include: industrial and military control systems, database management systems, health care information systems, networked systems, end-user embedded computer controlled products, and computer-aided design tools to automate and leverage human performance in many other disciplines.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering provides both breadth and depth in the discipline by incorporating physical and mathematical sciences, core engineering subjects, fundamental computer science topics, and a wide set of specialized courses in areas of long range relevance to computer engineering. It has been designed as a flexible program that is able to accommodate particular student's interests through electives.

Topics covered includes: algorithms and languages, digital system design, networks and communications, computer organization and architecture, microprocessor-based systems, database systems, software engineering, operating systems, capstone design courses, and entrepreneurship, among many.

Program Mission:

To educate graduates with broad background in mathematics, science, software, and hardware capable of performing successfully as computer engineers and/or pursuing graduates studies.

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Electrical Engineering: Program Overview:

The Electrical Engineering Program offers Power and Electronics as areas of interest, including Communications and Controls under Electronics. It is a five-year program designed to develop the required knowledge and skills to face the dynamic technological environment of today's society. Theoretical and practical experiences are combined throughout the program, using an adequate combination of socio-humanistic studies, mathematics, basic sciences, engineering science, and engineering design experience. The design experience in the Electrical Engineering curriculum begins at the second year with a basic introductory course to engineering design. This first design experience is focused towards the development of the student's creativity, establishment of objectives, construction and testing of a problem's solution. At this stage the students have little knowledge of the basic mathematics, basic sciences and engineering sciences. Some of the third year courses such as Dynamics, and Electronics I, have design content. Fourth year courses that contain design are Logic Circuits, Electronics II, Electronics Laboratory, and Automatic Controls. During the fourth and fifth year students are free to select 23 credit-hours from the department elective courses in their areas of interest and 6 credit-hours in any other department elective courses, for a total of 29 credit-hours (however, power engineering students must select all 23 credit-hours identified in technical elective list, see Undergraduate Catalog for curriculum component and sequence.) In their selection students are required to include courses that contain enough design experience so as to complete approximately 8 credit-hours. In their fifth year students must approve the Capstone Design I and Capstone Design II courses which are meant to be a final comprehensive design experience. Real life engineering problems from the industry and society are defined and solved, integrating into the process the fundamental elements of modern design theory and methodology, creativity, formulation of design problem statements and specifications, consideration of alternative solutions, open-ended problems, feasibility considerations, concurrent engineering, and detailed system description. The students set educational objectives in view of the main areas of Electrical Engineering subjects:

  • Electronics, Controls and Communications Engineering- This area of interest prepares students for analog electronics, digital electronics, process control systems, and communications.
  • Electric Power Engineering- This area of interest prepares students for planning and design of generation, transmission, distribution, and end user electrical system.

Program Mission:

"To educate graduates with a broad background in computers, mathematics, science, and electrical engineering capable of performing successfully as electrical engineers and pursuing graduate studies."

Environmental Engineering: Program Overview

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The Environmental Engineering Program leads to the B.S. Degree in Environmental Engineering. The program offers basic knowledge in environmental engineering subjects that will allow students to understand and subsequently acquire additional knowledge in their specialized fields of interest, according to personal inclination and available opportunities. Courses are offered, among others, in the fields of water supply engineering, wastewater engineering, air pollution and control, hazardous waste management, solid waste and resource recovery engineering, occupational safety and health, environmental impact assessment, environmental toxicology and structural design for environmental engineers. Elective courses in the specialization component are offered. The students are encouraged to select their elective courses so that they best fit their interests, abilities and career opportunities.

Program Mission:

The mission of the Environmental Engineering Program is to prepare and motivate students from diverse backgrounds to achieve excellence through intellectual, humanistic, scientific, and technological advancements on their way to becoming practicing professional environmental engineers with a sense of social responsibility.

Industrial Engineering: Program Overview

The curriculum is designed to develop industrial engineers (IE's) capable of planning, designing, implementing, and managing integrated production and service delivery systems that assure performance, reliability, maintainability, schedule adherence and cost control. The systems may be socio technical in nature and integrate people, information, materials, equipment, processes, and energy throughout the life cycle of the product, service, or program.

Industrial engineering adopts as its goals: profitability, effectiveness, efficiency, adaptability, responsiveness, quality, and the continuous improvement of products and services throughout their life cycles. The humanities and social sciences (including economics), computer sciences, basic sciences, management sciences, highly developed communication skills, along with physical, behavioral, mathematical, statistical, organizational, and ethical concepts will be used to achieve these ends.

Mission:

To provide our graduates with the knowledge and skills in Industrial Engineering necessary to hold professional positions in industry and government, to pursue graduate studies and life long learning, and to contribute with the development of the community and society.

Land Surveying: Program Overview

Land Surveying and Mapping comprises the science, technology, and art involved in the measurement, representation, analysis, management, retrieval and display of spatial data concerning both the Earth's physical features and the built environment. It includes cadastral surveying, mapping sciences, land management, geographic information systems, geodesy, photogrammetry, remote sensing, hydrographic surveying and surveying ocean mapping. It has applications in all disciplines which depend on spatial data, including environmental studies, planning, engineering, navigation, geology and geophysics, oceanography, land development, land ownership, land administration and land use management. It is thus fundamental to all the geosciences disciplines which use spatially related data

Mechanical Engineering:

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What is Mechanical Engineering?:

Mechanical Engineers research, design and evaluate machines, devices, equipment, systems and processes, and plan and oversee their development, installation, operation and maintenance.

A Mechanical Engineer applies principles from mechanics and energy to the design of machines and systems.

Business Administration:

The School of Management seeks to provide theoretical and practical knowledge to those students who aim to receive a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. Specifically, the School of Management is guided by the following principles: The program contributes to the intellectual and professional formation of students through the development of critical and analytical skills. It fosters the necessary motivation that will enable students to know and relate to the reality of the entrepreneurial world. The Department develops in students an awareness of the social responsibility of management within the economic system of free enterprise. The program encourages exploration and study in the field of Business Administration. It exposes students to the areas of Accounting, Statistics, Economics, Management, Finance, Marketing, Service Management and others, and their application in a corporate, service or manufacturing environment.

Program Mission:

The Mission of the School of Management is to offer opportunities to individuals from diverse backgrounds so that they can realize their potential for leadership and competitiveness as well as a sense of social responsibility toward their communities, through exposure to intellectual, humanistic and technological advancement, in the accounting, construction management, industrial management, information systems management, marketing, management and finance fields.

Accreditations:

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (School of Management) has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Olathe, Kansas. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with concentration in: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Construction Management, General Management, Industrial Management, and Management Information Systems

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